THE Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is targeting free internet access services for residents in seven leading tourist areas that are built based on community communities.

According to the Head of the NTT Provincial Communication and Information Office, Abraham Maulaka, when contacted in Kupang said free internet access would make it easier for residents around the seven tourism estate areas to promote tourist destinations, business products, culture and so on.

“This is related to efforts to improve internet access in the seven leading tourist areas built by the NTT Provincial Government using the provincial Regional Budget (APBD). The seven tourist areas include Liman Beach on Semau Island, Kupang Regency, the Thousand Mouth of Rote Ndao Regency, Fatumnasi of South Central Timor Regency, Koanara, Ende Regency, Wolwal Alor Regency, Praimadita Traditional Village, East Sumba Regency, and Lamalera, Lembata Regency,” he said.

Abraham explained that Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat and his Deputy Josef Nae Soi were very serious about encouraging the provision of free internet services for residents in the seven tourist areas. Therefore, as a technical agency, we are also temporarily coordinating through budget discussions for the provision of this free internet service, our target for 2021 is already available there.

“In addition, we have also made anticipatory efforts through cooperation with providers under Telkom, including the Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) to provide this service,” Abraham noted.

He explained that the seven tourist areas have now been reached by the internet network, but if local residents do not have their own costs to buy data credits, they will still not be able to access the internet.

“Therefore the government needs to provide it and the governors and deputy governors are very serious about making this happen,” he said.

He added, with free internet services, it is hoped that later the tourist area will be increasingly stretched by the increasing flow of tourist visits, which will have an impact on improving the welfare of the local community. [antaranews/photo special]